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Twitter kept up with Haiti cholera outbreak

Twitter, blogs and other social media can be powerful tools for tracking infectious diseases as they spread in poor countries with weak institutions and infrastructure conclude researchers who followed social media during Haiti’s post-earthquake cholera outbreak in 2010.

Twitter posts and ne... Read More

Palese: Don’t censor live-saving science

Renowned influenza virologist Peter Palese has penned an opinion column for the science journal Nature in which he uses his experience in reconstructing the 1918 pandemic influenza virus strain to question the censoring of H5N1 results by the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSAB... Read More

Lidless toilets spread C.difficile

Always put the lid down on the toilet. That's the conclusion of a new study examining the amount of Clostridium difficile bacteria that fly into the air and contaminate surfaces when a toilet is flushed without the lid on.

The research was carried out by the Microbiology Department at Leeds G... Read More

Circular, opaque colonies

Circular, opaque colonies on the surface of a nutrient agar plate. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

TWiM #24: This year in microbiology

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TWiM 24 Letters

Jayne writes:


Thanks so much for your podcasts. I find I am a person who learns best audibly and have just jumped into the science, history, medical and EMS blogs, I Listen to a podcast called SMART EM by a pair of ED docs, and they covered the issue of UTI in Peds. They do jou... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 239: Pumita y el origen de la vida (Pumice and the origin of life)



























El podcast del microbio Nº 239 summarize the hypothesis published in "Astrobiology" about the possible role of pumice in the em... Read More

Global Health and Infectious Diseases (video)

Told by Carl Nathan, M.D.
R.A. Rees Pritchett Professor of Microbiology
Director of the Abby and Howard P. Milstein Program in the Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease
Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Weill Cornell Medical College

Visit http://weill.cornell.edu/... Read More

Bacteria in the gut of autistic children different from non-autistic children

Individuals with severe autism often suffer from another problem as well: gastrointestinal disturbances. The underlying reason for this apparent link is unknown, but a study in mBio this week reveals that the guts of autistic children differ from other children in at least one important way: man... Read More

Why Science? Microbiology (video)

Explore Research at the University of Florida: Keith Schneider, an Associate Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Florida, explains what made him want to become a scientist originally, and what he enjoys about his career and research now. Read More

Animation of Antimicrobial Resistance

This is a brief scientific simulation displaying our current understanding of how bacteria acquire resistance. It's from the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine website. Thanks to Youtube user DrKPW for posting this! Read More

Irregular, concentric, undulate, opaque colonies

Irregular, concentric, undulate, opaque colonies on the surface of a nutrient agar plate. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Bacteria in the gut of autistic children different from non-autistic children

The underlying reason autism is often associated with gastrointestinal problems is an unknown, but new results to be published in the online journal mBio® on January 10 reveal that the guts of autistic children differ from other children in at least one important way: many children with autism h... Read More

ASMCUE 2012 Registration is Now Open

The registration site for the 19th Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators, June 14-17, 2012, at the San Mateo Marriott in San Mateo, California, is now open. Register early and save $100 - discounted registration deadline is March 16.

Now in its ninteenth year, ASMCUE gathers over ... Read More

It's Raining Viruses

It’s true! Each year it rains viruses, more than a trillion of them per acre over thousands of forested acres in the USA. This is the work of the airborne arm of the USDA Forest Service, part of their efforts to reduce the devastation to hardwood forests caused by the imported gypsy moth, Lymant... Read More

Pill some day may prevent serious foodborne illness, scientist says

Modified probiotics, the beneficial bacteria touted for their role in digestive health, could one day decrease the risk of Listeria infection in people with susceptible immune systems, according to Purdue University research.

Arun Bhunia, a professor of food science; Mary Anne Amalaradjou, a ... Read More

As a biological weapon, H5N1 is for the birds (Opinion)

Reuters columnist Peter Christian Hall believes the possibility that H5N1 could be effectively weaponized is remote and there is more harm than good in withholding data from two research papers that outline the methods to create an aerosolized strain of avian flu in ferrets.

"Amid the furor ... Read More

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria From the Fukushima Nuclear Accident?

Bacteria are notorious for developing resistance to antibiotics through rapid mutation and natural selection. Radiation is a sure way to stimulate mutations. Could the radiation that will be contaminating the environment surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant for hundreds of years produce... Read More

Worse Fears Realized? Completely Drug Resistant TB has emerged in India

Extensively Drug Resistant (XDR) Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) was first encountered in 2006. Now as we enter 2012 we learn that a strain of MTB totally resistant (TDR) to all current antimicrobials has entered the Indian sub-continent . This new strain to India, TDR-MTB first emerged in ... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 235, 236 y 237. Escherichia coli EHEC



























"El podcast del microbio" Nº 235, 236 and 237 deals with the biology of the E. coli EHEC involved in the Germany Outbreak duri... Read More

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